Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford (must see)

A visit to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History is a very interesting way of spending an afternoon.

The museum was founded in 1850, but had no building of its own and the natural history specimens were scattered all over the city in other museums. The museum’s building was constructed in 1860, commissioned by Sir Henry Acland and built by Benjamin Woodward and Thomas Dean.

The building is Neo-Gothic and very beautiful. The museum is housed in a large court with a glass roof that is supported by cast iron pillars. These pillars separate the court into three aisles. Around the ground and first floors there are secluded arcades with stone columns. The stone and iron columns are ornately decorated with branches and leaves. The many statues in the museum represent great scientists including Aristotle, Darwin, Bacon and Linnaeus.

The collections display zoological, entomological, paleontological, geological and mineralogical artifacts. There is a splendid collection of crabs brought to England by Charles Darwin. You will see fossils, dinosaurs and amazing insect specimens. The pride of the museum is the head and claw of the last Dodo.

Not long after the museum opened it was the venue of the “Great Debate” between the Bishop of Oxford and Thomas Huxley, a botanist and admirer of Darwin. The debate centered on the theory of evolution by natural selection versus religious belief and is one of the most famous debates in history.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.
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Sight Name: Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Sight Location: Oxford, England
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Museums and Galleries in Oxford   City Orientation Walk  

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